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Bringing in the harvest

Dear all

I write this in the wake of the Capel Show and what a wonderful show it was! The weather was kind, we had record numbers of cars, exhibits and visitors and everyone appeared to be having an old fashioned ‘grand day out’! There was also a very special atmosphere in the early morning as exhibitors, volunteers, stall holders, stewards, to name but a few, busied themselves with their tasks in readiness for the day. Coffee Real as ever was there to provide much needed sustenance in coffee and other delicious beverages it seemed to me there was an air of eager anticipation for a wonderful day ahead. That coupled with the village as ever uniting to try to produce the best show ever made me once again so proud to be part of this great community. Well done everyone and particularly to the show’s organisers for giving us this annual opportunity to come together like this and celebrate all the lovely things created by God and humankind. Thank you too to the Car Show committee who generously donate all their proceeds towards the upkeep of our parish church, through the Friends of Capel Church.

This month we look forward to a time of celebration as we prepare for Harvest festivities. This year we are once more putting on another murder mystery play called ‘Out for a Duck’ – a play by Claire Jones. As the title suggests the play has a cricket theme and the action takes place preparing for match day in the local cricket club. Well so that we can be really authentic, we have persuaded some of our Capel Cricket Club to take part this year and I hear rehearsals are going really well! The proceeds from this event will be shared between the Cricket Club and the Church and it all promises to be good fun, not to be taken too seriously you understand!! Due to potentially popular demand there will be two separate performances. An evening performance where supper is served between Acts and a late afternoon one where the audience will be served a Cricket Tea. See elsewhere in this magazine for details of tickets etc.

The festivities will be underpinned of course by our Harvest Thanksgiving in church. The church always seems to look at its most magnificent decorated with the harvest flowers so do come and have a look if you are passing or perhaps you will join us for Harvest Teas on Harvest Sunday. I hope of course though that you may be tempted to join us at our main service that day when we are joined by our uniformed organisations to give God the glory he deserves as we celebrate the many blessings and privileges we enjoy in our part of the world. As usual we will welcome gifts of food (dried and tinned goods please) which we will donate to Dorking Food Bank and Leatherhead Start. We know that there are still many unfortunately who do not have the advantages we do. Also we will be taking up a collection for those further afield and this year we would like to support the famine in East Africa where many aid agencies work to make sure people have the basic needs in life, water foremost and food. So looking forward to a late summer (!) and sharing all of God’s good things with you this month and beyond.

With my love and prayers

Revd Liz

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St John The Baptist Church, Capel is a small friendly village church in the centre of the village. We are part of the Surrey Weald Team of parishes close to the south Surrey border with West Sussex. The other parishes in the team are St Peter’s, Newdigate, and St Mary Magdelene, South Holmwood. Our church offers a variety of worship, both separate and as part of the Weald Team.

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